Bill Bowman receives lifetime achievement award
Compass wins big at Newspapers Atlantic competition
Longtime Compass editor Bill Bowman was one of five people — and the only one from this province — presented with lifetime achievement awards earlier this month during the Newspapers Atlantic 40th annual conference and awards ceremony in Halifax.
It was the highlight of an impressive showing for the community newspaper that serves the Trinity Conception region.
In the Better Newspapers Competition, Compass senior editor Terry Roberts was the overall winner in the “best local editorial” category for a submission entitled “Tell us your secrets.”
And Compass reporter Nicholas Mercer was an overall winner in the “best sports photo” category.
The Compass was also a standing finalist in the following categories:
• Best sports story or feature — intern Mika Rekai for a feature headlined “Mayor defends town’s self-proclaimed title as sports capital;”
• Best page design — Bill Bow- man for a page headlined “Violinist plucks junior bowl;”
• Red Lobster award — a sports story headlined “Rock Hard upends Butt’s;” and
• Best specialty column — Ed Roberts for his bi-weekly column, “Past Imperfect.”
Bowman’s lifetime achievement award recognizes his immense contribution to The Compass over a period of nearly four decades.
“These individuals epitomize the dedication, caring, determination and selfless sacrifice required of community newspaper employees,” Inez Forbes, president of Newspapers Atlantic, wrote of the five recipients.
Bowman began his career with The Compass on Jan. 1, 1973, and has witnessed many changes in the industry over the years, especially in terms of technology.
He continues to be a driving force on the paper’s editorial team, and has contributed immensely to the paper’s success over the years.